Having a horse can be an expensive hobby at the best of times. And right now, with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic affecting many businesses and employees, is not the best of times! It's easy for horses and ponies to seem like a bottomless pit into which you tip your money. But it is possible to make your dollars go further and still maintain your horse's health and welfare.
Maybe one of the money-saving tips in our handy infographic below will help you to stretch your dollars further. Please feel free to share!
And use the comments to tell us about your favourite horse budget hack.
My delightful guest journalist, Milly M, has contributed the following observations:
"Working and growing up with horses has taught me a lot over the years, learning about creating and forming relationships, responsibility and how we view ourselves as individuals. Having and being around horses teaches you many things, but many of us forget that they also bring us a huge amount of physical and emotional benefits too. It gives us purpose, teaches us patience and gives us something to be passionate about – the list goes on! Sometimes I think it’s good to reflect on what horses bring to our lives and why they make us happy. This infographic shows many of the health benefits that horses can bring us."
By Joanne Verikios with Tom Melby
The wonderful folk at Clippers Ireland really care about the results their customers get when using the clippers they sell for dogs, horses, sheep and cattle. So much so that owner and director of online retailer Clippers Ireland, Tom Melby, has created an excellent easy-to-follow infographic on Horse Clipping 101.
For some horse owners, clipping is an essential activity, but one which takes a little time and practice to master. Of course, having the right tools for the job and knowing:
According to Tom, depending on the personality, experience and activity of your horse, clipping can be straightforward or tricky. A young, nervous horse is likely to be apprehensive about being clipped, so the procedure for them will differ from clipping a seasoned competition horse.
"Clipping benefits your horse for health reasons as well as visual embellishment", says Tom. "While the horse will look resplendent after clipping, this activity is even more relevant for removing fleas or dirt from the horse’s coat while also helping it to dry quicker. In winter months when the risk of colds or colic are heightened, a suitable coat or rug can be quite timely.".
Tom also notes that some areas of a horse will be more difficult to clip, even on horses that are relaxed. The inside, back and bottom of the ears tend to be the trickiest parts, and it’s important to hold the ear correctly for best results. If you’re clipping the horse’s elbows, try to have someone with you who can pull the front leg forward from behind the knee, and be very careful here as the skin is often at its thinnest around the elbows.
For further advice on how to give your horse a neat, comfortable clip, read the infographic below from Clippers Ireland.
EXPERT CLIPPING TIP 1: As it says in the infographic, a horse to be clipped must be very clean and his or her coat must be totally dry, so plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Have a suitable rug ready to compensate for the loss of the horse's natural insulation.
Further reading: Manes, Beards & Whiskers: To Trim Or Not To Trim
From a very early age I have been able to tune in to what horses and ponies were thinking and what they were likely to do next.